Question: Sound Treatment behind the Listener?

I have treated the 1st and 2nd reflection points and I have sound panels between my speakers. I also have tube traps in all 4 corners, but I am not sure what (if any) should be done with the wall behind the listener.

That wall presently has a DIY rack system that holds about 5000-6000 cd’s. I believe it helps scatter the sound. But I’m not sure if that is the right approach.

So, what are you guys using on that wall? Diffusion, Absorbtion, Reflection? Anything else?

I would appreciate your thoughts.



You will get some reflection from the back wall but it will be low intensity as those waves will have travelled some 20 feet before they reach you.

Being of a practical disposition, I suggest you hang some heavy blankets on the wall behind you and listen to see how the presentation has changed and whether you like it.  If that may be too much damping try it with thin cotton sheets.  You will be able to gauge what is required and what suits your tastes.



@ozzy why not reach out to GIK Acoustics

I’m working with Mike Major to finalize everything I need for my room and I find Mike to be very knowledgeable. Provide your room dimensions and photos and see what they say. 

I did reach out to Mike at GIK. Sent him pics of my listening room. 

He suggested, and I bought, 3 acoustic panels to go on the wall up and behind my listening position. Which was on a couch with a wall right behind it. 

Timely thread as I'm looking into this as well - absorbsion and/or deflection on the rear wall. @vinylshadow  , which GIK panels did you put up? Thanks.